The New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2012 Report Card for New Mexico's Infrastructure on Friday at a conference in Santa Fe. The state received a "C" overall.
The society evaluated 10 infrastructure categories - aviation, flood control, drinking water, bridges, roads, rail, solid waste, wastewater, transit and schools. It found that none improved, and the condition of aviation, railroads, roads and solid waste infrastructure worsened since the last evaluation in 2005.
"One of our challenges is trying to decide how best to move forward with this (information)," said Gerald Parker, immediate past president of the society's state section.
Parker encouraged residents to look at the report and provide feedback to elected officials. He recognized that most progress and policy decisions are done locally.
About 50 civil engineers from throughout the state participated in the study, which took 14 months. Aviation received a (D+), rail (C), roads (C), solid waste (C), flood control (D+), bridges (C-), drinking water (C-), wastewater (C), transit (C+) and schools (B-).
The report card was created to inform the public and elected officials about the state of New Mexico's infrastructure and assist them in making local policy decisions. It summarizes technical data and uses everyday language to break down infrastructure conditions and future needs. The report also offers numerous solutions along with analysis in order to allow legislators and citizens to create change.
The American Society of Civil Engineers also hopes to inspire nationwide engagement and concern for infrastructure conditions.
"We hope to create a larger national debate," said civil engineer's group state Public Relations Manager Clark Barrineau.
State report cards are modeled after the national 2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, which gave America's infrastructure a grade of D. The next version of the Report Card for America's Infrastructure will be released in early 2013.
For more information, visit www.infrastructurereportcard.org/states.